Sticking it in Tom Corbett’s Pocket

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Tom Corbett’s (pictured to the right) campaign war-chest has topped 15 million dollars in his bid to become Pennsylvania’s next governor. If you take an invasive look at where some of those big dollars are coming from, it foreshadows what’s to come if the Republican, Corbett, gets his way at the ballot box.

Some of Corbett’s biggest checks are flowing from places like Houston, Texas, and Boca Raton, Florida. Houston based Homebuilder Bob Perry has forked out $200,000, while Kim Pegula has anted up $180 K. Pegula hails from Boca Raton and is the founder and now former president of East Resources, an oil and gas company.

Closer to home — Samuel Black III, chairman of SP Black and Associates, an insurance company in Erie, doled out $200,000 for Corbett’s run.

When one accounts for all of Corbett’s dollars and sense, contributors affiliated with oil and gas companies account for $685,954, while donors tied to home building and real estate have given him $681,192.

Add up the dollars, and the bottom line becomes clear as to why Corbett does not support taxing drillers for extracting gas from the Marcellus, and why a bill that would require all new homes to have sprinklers will not see daylight.

The Senate voted last week to put off House Bill 1196 for another year. Home builders have been fighting mandatory sprinklers for years saying it will add too much money to the cost of construction.

Pennsylvania Associated Builders, & Contractors dished out $82,500 to Corbett should the bill not die and miraculously escape from the senate floor. The same organization gave 15 House and Senate Republicans $22,200 for current or future campaigns.

All figures used for this story were obtained from, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization.

Tomorrow we will follow the money trail of Dan Onorato — the democratic candidate for governorn.

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